The Monster Hunter franchise’s first anime series, inspired by the upcoming Monster Hunter Stories role-playing game for Nintendo 3DS, has revealed its October premiere on the official website for the show titled Monster Hunter Stories RIDE ON. Fuji TV is also streaming an announcement video, which is sadly region-locked to Japan for now.
For the first time in ten years, Fuji TV is creating a new morning anime timeslot for the show at 8:30 am. It’s been listed with 48 episodes, and the site gives the following story synopsis:
Creating bonds with monsters, the rider’s journey begins.
This is a world where both men and monsters exist. Those who hunt the monsters are called Hunters. But in a small corner of the Hunter’s world, there are those called Riders who bond with and coexist with monsters. With their Kizuna Ishi (Bonding Stones) that allow them to awaken the hidden power inside monsters, Riders live in secrecy together with their Otomon, the monsters they have formed a connection with.
Ryuto, a young boy living in the Rider village of Hakum, dreams of becoming the world’s best Rider. Having just turned 12, he sets out to find his own Otomon for himself before the ceremony where he is given his own Kizuna Ishi. Together with his kind-hearted childhood friend Shuval, his inquisitive childhood friend Lilia, and his partner Naviloo, he sets out deep into the forest, and has a miraculous encounter with a Rathalos.
A story begins where a Rider and his Otomon will deepen their bond.
The anime’s starring cast members have also been announced and paired with images of their characters, whose name spellings are not yet official:
Mutsumi Tamura (Digimon Adventure tri. movies’ Koshiro Izumi) as Ryuto, a young boy whose dream is to become the best Rider in the world.
M.A.O (School-Live!‘s Yuri Wakasa) as Naviloo, a Felyne with a “slightly different shape.”
World Trigger series director Mitsuru Hongo helms the project based on the CAPCOM franchise at studio David Production of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure. Natsuko Takahashi of My Love Story!! writes and oversees the scripts, while Takuya Saito of Macross Zero designs the characters.